ESE 2021 Examination Structure

The government of India changed the Engineering Services Examination in 2017. The revised schedule is mentioned below:

Stage Type Time Max. Marks
Stage-I General studies and engineering aptitude paper 2 hours 200
Engineering discipline-specific paper 3 hours 300
Sub Total 500
Note: Candidates who qualify at Stage I are permitted to appear for the Stage II examination
Stage-II Discipline-specific paper I 3 hours 300
Discipline-specific paper II 3 hours 300
Sub Total 600
Total Marks (Stage-I+Stage-II) 1100
Note: Only those Candidates qualifying at this stage (Stage-I + Stage-II) to be permitted to appear for Stage-III examination which is a Personality test (Interview)
Stage-III Personality test 200
Total Marks (Stage-I+Stage-II+Stage-III) 1300
Note: Candidates qualifying at all three stages (Stage-I+Stage-II+Stage-III) are included on the examination’s final merit list

Note  I :  The  Commission  will  draw  a  list  of  candidates  to  be  qualified  for  Engineering  Services  (Main/Stage‐II)  Examination  based  on  the  criterion  of  minimum  qualifying  marks  in  General  Studies  and  Engineering  Aptitude  Paper  (Paper‐I)  and  Engineering Discipline specific paper (Paper‐II) of Preliminary/Stage‐I Examination.

Note II: There will  be  penalty  (Negative Marking)  for wrong answers marked  by a  candidate  in  the  objective  type  question  papers.

  • There are  four alternative  for  the answers  to every question. For each question  for which a wrong answer has  been  given by the candidate, one‐third (1/3rd) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  • If  a  candidate  gives  more  than  one  answer,  it  will  be  treated  as  a  wrong  answer  even  if  one  of  the  given  answers  happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.
  • If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Note III: The personality test is an interview which assesses the candidate’s suitability for a career in public service by a board of unbiased observers. The interview also assess social traits and interest in current affairs. Qualities judged include mental alertness, critical ability, clear and logical exposition, judgment, variety and depth of interests, social cohesion and leadership, and intellectual and moral integrity.